When my 15 year old blender finally broke, it took weeks of reading about blenders and looking at blenders before deciding on this one, and I love it! It works so well and it seems so solid, that for the first time ever, I wanted to write a review.
I've had this blender for 6+ months, and am amazed by how well it works. I use it mostly to make kale smoothies and almond milk, and I can't imagine that either of the two high priced blenders could do any better. I haven't use it for ice, so can't comment on that. This blender leaves no lumps! I love the large glass container for blending butternut squash soup or pumpkin pie filling. The lid stays on, and with the thicker pie filling, a spatula wasn't needed to aid the blending.
I wanted glass, so I could use it for hot soups, etc. without any concern about phytalates.
For soups and pie filling, I start it on low speed before going to high or pulse. The "pulse" speed is very fast. I have also found that pushing "pulse" just for a mini-second before quickly pushing it again and holding it on, prevents the huge pressure that could push the lid off.
Until last week, I didn't think the blade detached since I couldn't unscrew it, but now I can get it off, and I think that it wasn't so much the blender as weaker strength in one of my hands due to an injury.
I noticed a metallic smell when it was newer, but not any more.
I highly recommend this to friends who have used high priced blenders. Hundreds of dollars vs. $40! I could go through 10+ of these for the price of one of the others!! Though I'm hoping this one lasts for a long time!
I spent so much time looking for a replacement for my old blender, and a month without smoothies --how did I survive?!! -- and I am so pleased with the performance of this one, that I am considering buying a second one to have as a backup, because having a good blender is an essential for me.
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